Fourth Annual Spring Expo at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn and The Commons

February 16th, 2017

The Topsfield Garden Club invites you to join us for our Fourth annual Spring Expo to be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn, and The Commons. This popular and growing event celebrates local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation. Please come and enjoy the farmers’ market, antique tractors, Morris Dancers, livestock, crafts, agricultural and conservation exhibits, and food vendors!

Men’s Fellowship Event- Friday, March 3rd 7 p.m. Bring a Friend!!

February 16th, 2017

Please join us for a night of Bowling, Pizza, Beer and Laughs. Look through your closets and bring your craziest looking hat. There will be prizes for the best / worst scores, best and worst bowling form and ah yes…the craziest hat.
When:  Friday March 3, 7 pm
Where: Riverwalk Lanes  and Games, 11 High Street, Amesbury
Please RSVP to Paul DiTucci (paul.ditucci@gmail.com) or Jon Palace (jpalace65@gmail.com)

Community Arts Update- Music at Eden’s Edge

February 6th, 2017

Music at Eden’s Edge

2017 SEASON

Lecture/Performance Series:

Close Encounters with Music and

Music Speaks!

2017 marks MEE’s 6th year at the Peabody Institute Library with Close Encounters with Music, a free interactive lecture/performance series.  Music at Eden’s edge is pleased to offer a new parallel series, Music Speaks! with the same programs, at a second location, the Mansion at Peirce Farm on Witch Hill in Topsfield.  Exploring The Musician’s Journey, performers’ insights will offer an interpretive entrée into listening: Figuratively, spiritually and factually.  Questions and discussion will be encouraged to include listeners in the process of bringing music to life in performance.
Complete performance schedule and more details here.

“Guns and the Realm of God” Post Event Review

February 3rd, 2017

On Saturday January 7th, with the prediction of a foot of snow, over 85 people including church members, local clergy, and community members from various towns across the state, participated in this community outreach event hosted by the Board of Deacons and the local social action committee, H.U.G.S. (Hands Up for Gun Safety).

Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of the Congregational Church of Newtown, CT presented a captivating keynote address discussing the need for commonsense national gun laws. Rev. Crebbin, who supported the families and community after the horrors of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, stated that since the beginning of 2017, there have already been 6 mass shootings. He noted that the states with tougher gun laws have lower incidents of fatalities due to gun violence.

Rev. Crebbin’s address was followed by a panel discussion led by former Salem Police Chief and current State Rep. Paul Tucker and Topsfield resident and co-convenor of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Angus McQuilken. Both Tucker and McQuilken shared their wealth of knowledge on gun violence prevention. There was an active question and answer forum following their presentations.

Be on the lookout for future programs being offered by H.U.G.S.

 

Prayer Ministry Listing

January 4th, 2017

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at prayerlisting@topsfieldchurch.org or
978-887-6567.

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra  – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Frank Watson – Member of CCOT
Scott Dwinell – Member of CCOT
Ray Ocock – Friend of CCOT
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Susan Sidell – Friend of Ruth Bortzfield
Helen Talberth – Member of CCOT
Jeanette Imboden – Sister-in-law of Cathy Imboden
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Paul Jensen – Brother of Bev Hall
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
John William – Friend of CCOT
Tricia Hudson – Friend of CCOT
Don Moran – Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
Don Van-Lenten – Friend of Tricia Haines
Warren Gustafson – Brother of Jane Jones
Barbara Nelson – Friend of The Jones Family
Rose DiTucci – Mom of Paul DiTucci
Kay Walker – Mom of a friend of Kim Itz
Mary Wilber – Grandmother of Christy Redding
Arthur Litka – Member of CCOT
Donna Chamberlin—Sister of Cheryl Hopkins
Muriel Houser – Member of CCOT
Sarah Szymanski – Daughter of Cathy and John Szymanski
Tom Jones – Brother of Bruce Jones
 

 

Mission and Outreach Christmas Offering

December 15th, 2016

Romans 15: 13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

December 2016

Dear Church family,
Throughout the year, members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield reach out and give of their time, talent, and treasure in many ways.  During the Christmas season, it has been a tradition in our church to offer members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution.  This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has selected the following recipients for our Christmas offering:

Lazarus House: (Lawrence, MA. www.lazarushouse.org) Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God.  They provide a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to:  food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.

Christmas Fund: (formerly known as Veterans of the Cross): A special offering of the UCC whose funds provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay church employees both active and retired.  The funds do not support programs or institutions, but people in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Christmas envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

Wishing you every blessing of the Season,

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Cathy Imboden          Guido Voss           John Burgess
Claudia Worth            Sue Blanchard     Cathy Szymanski
Karen Trevenen         Jim Barnes           Pam Warren

Coat, Blanket and Winter Accessories Collection for NuDay Syria

November 23rd, 2016

Provide some warmth to displaced Syrians this winter. We are collecting much needed winter items for the NH based organization NuDay Syria to ship to
displaced women, children and wounded Syrians. We are partnering with St.John’s Episcopal Church of Beverly Farms in this effort.

The following gently used and new items are appreciated:
• Blankets
• Coats
• Children’s coats
• Hats/gloves/mittens
• Scarves
• Thermal underwear

Donations will be accepted through December 14th.
Collection box will be in the Emerson Center.

Thank you for your assistance with this collection
~ The Board of Mission and Outreach.

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid inside Syria and helping displaced Syrians in the bordering areas around Syria. They focus on bringing housing and food to displaced families with single mothers or wounded family members.

NuDay is especially concerned with the plight and vulnerability of displaced Syrian women and girls, whose needs are often overlooked and voices not heard. NuDay Syria advocates for girls and women who now find themselves with no male breadwinners and often have little skills and experience earning and providing for their families.

Please visit their website for further details about this organization: www.nudaysyria.net

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Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection

November 23rd, 2016

Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection
Once again it is time for our Gifts of Love Toy Collection and Special Christmas Coffee Hour Fellowship.

We will be participating in the Haverhill Department of Children and Families “Adopt a Family Program” again this year.
The Haverhill Branch serves the children in Topsfield and many of our surrounding towns.  Their “Adopt A Family” program provides gifts for children in need at Christmastime.   Gift tags  will be hanging on the Christmas tree in the Emerson Center starting on Sunday, November 27th.

Gift tags will have the child’s first name, last initial and age, along with their gift choice and a clothing need.  Please return the clothing item and your gift (wrapped and with tag attached), to the church during our Gifts of Love  Coffee Fellowship- Sunday, December 18th.  We will be having a special brunch, complete with Wassail and  Music. Thank you for helping to make a child’s Christmas morning a little bit brighter.

Karen Trevenen, on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach.

Join us in making music at CCoT!

November 23rd, 2016

joelschwindtPlease contact Joel at joel@topsfieldchurch.org if you are interested in contributing to the music of CCoT; all forms of worship are welcome! Feel free to simply drop in and join us for rehearsal any time—no audition required!
The Chancel Choir (adult singers, high school age and up) that sings most Sundays from Homecoming Sunday in September through Memorial Day. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8:30-9, both in the sanctuary of the meetinghouse. We hope that all members can make it to rehearsal on a regular basis, but you are welcome to join us whenever you are able.
The Bell Choir is a group of adult hand bell players (age exceptions made upon request) that performs 4-5 times per year. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15, and 8:30-9:00 a.m. on Sundays on which the group is performing.
The Chancel and Bell Choirs also put on an annual Christmas Concert, which coincides with Topsfield’s “Holiday Walk.” For this concert, the choir prepares a large work, the Bell Choir contributes selections, and all of us help to lead a Christmas carol sing-along.

Christmas and New Year’s Day Service Schedule

November 22nd, 2016

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

for Children & Families

Saturday, December 24th – 5 p.m.

 

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Saturday, December 24th – 10 p.m.

 

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th- 9:30 a.m. Worship

No Sunday School and no Nursery on Christmas Day(December 25)

Children may remain in worship.

 

New Years Day

Sunday, January 1st- 9:30 a.m. Worship.

No Sunday School and no Nursery on New Year’s Day (January 1)

Children may remain in worship.